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1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)
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MichiganMan
Posted 2018-08-27 9:36 PM (#569123)
Subject: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)


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Hello all, just found this forum as I've just purchased a 1960 Plymouth Belvedere. Car is in generally good shape, runs well (so far) and I'm hoping that this will be a memory-maker for my son and I. I currently have some health challenges that limit what I can physically do, but I can direct and he's a car nut, so hopefully we can work on it together. The previous owner had an extensive amount of work done to the car, and from what I've seen so far it is essentially rust free. Much of the chrome has been redone, new paint, new interior, etc. Currently running a slant 6 and showing 53K on the clock - and it could very well be 53K, not 153K. It really looks that good.

Needs some additional interior work, and longer term I'd like to upgrade a few systems, if possible - doing research now. Most important is better (power?) brakes - the 4 wheel drums just aren't good enough for me to carry my kids around. I'd also like to swap the slant 6 for a mild 383 to get that "official" Detroit V8 soundtrack but I'm not after building a race car.

In any case, here are some pictures from when I bought it last week. Put over 100 miles on her this weekend and she seemed happy to be out on the road rather than stuck in a garage...


Sorry for the crazy pictures - this board is a little weird. Some more sane versions here, I guess: https://imgur.com/a/AYsXQ7A













Edited by MichiganMan 2018-08-27 9:45 PM
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1961plymouthfury
Posted 2018-08-28 2:43 AM (#569129 - in reply to #569123)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)



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I am planning to convert front disc brakes on my current '61 fury You might want to look in to that for better stopping
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SavoyPlaza
Posted 2018-08-28 11:14 AM (#569141 - in reply to #569123)
Subject: RE: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)



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Welcome to the forum, Mike! That's a beauty you've got there. She looks familiar, although I couldn't seem to find any threads on her.
She looks like a lot of fun.

There are several routes for disc/and power brakes for the beast, there should be some threads in the technical sections.

Keep us updated with her and have fun!
Pete
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Mopar1
Posted 2018-08-28 11:36 AM (#569143 - in reply to #569141)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)



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there's a number of Threads on disc brakes. there's kits or swap in later spindles. I used '77 NYer on my '60 Plym. Get a modern master cyl from a later in the 60s Mopar to replace the fruit jar style.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-08-28 12:50 PM (#569146 - in reply to #569123)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)



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Here is a thread about what I did to my 1960 Plymouth with 4 wheel disc brakes from AAJ Brakes. This thread details my master cylinder selection after I had the discs on the car. I'm content with manual brakes.

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=68713&...
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ttotired
Posted 2018-08-28 5:36 PM (#569163 - in reply to #569123)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)



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I remember this car as well, I think it was in the for sale section, but it was a while ago

Disc brakes, as said, have a hunt on here, as for more power, let me throw another idea at you

As you have a car that's unique compared to what most of the crowd cruise around in, why not be even more
unique and keep the slant in there and give it a little help?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJrSfX1VPAY
or
https://www.theturboforums.com/threads/turbo-a-slant-six-worth-it.29...

I know it wont have the rumble of a v8, but it will have the wow factor



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MichiganMan
Posted 2018-08-28 8:00 PM (#569175 - in reply to #569123)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)


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One of my goals is simple and reliable - as noted, I can't do much of the work myself anymore so going the path of least resistance (ie, dropping in a 383 or similar) is probably the best route. Same with power brakes - I have a physical disability so anything that makes it easier to drive the car means the car gets driven more often. Right now, it is a fair amount of work for me to stop the big girl, and that wears me out and limits me to short trips. I'd love to use her as a semi-daily driver in the summer if possible. Of course, that might drive the installation of some vintage air or similar, as right now she is pretty basic - windows only
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Mopar1
Posted 2018-08-29 12:05 PM (#569216 - in reply to #569123)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere - greetings from the FNG :)



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Where big blocks were an option it should be no problem putting one in. Call John at Big M, he's on this Board. Probably has what you need, mounts, ect.
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